"While we are questioning we are progressing"—A Reply to the Ancestors of Qualitative Research

Monika Götsch, Sabine Klinger, Andreas Thiesen


REICHERTZ' reflections on the development of qualitative research during the Berlin Meeting on Qualitative Research Methods in 2009 (http://www.berliner-methodentreffen.de/) have led to the following central questions: Are we facing the end of critical social research? Is this possible end correlated with an uncritical mass of young scientists? In their reply to the ancestors of qualitative research the present authors advocate the abolition of a bipolar thinking about the issues and support a hybrid turn, standing the test through a fundamentally open-minded, reflexive, and deconstructive researcher`s attitude. Using the example of ethnography and gender studies we show that there are indeed opportunities for the future of critical social research: This approach would take place beyond the slaves of market-controlled contract research and ahead of the characters of the eternal hall of fame of social research. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0903306


Berlin Meeting on Qualitative Research Methods; critical qualitative research; reflexivity; deconstruction; ethnography; gender studies

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-10.3.1383

Copyright (c) 2009 Monika Götsch, Sabine Klinger, Andreas Thiesen

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